Sigbjørn Skåden

Norveška, Norway, 1976

Sigbjørn Skåden
Sigbjørn Skåden by Tanya Busse

Sigbjørn Skåden (1976, Norway) grew up in the Sami village of Planterhaug in Tromsø, northern Norway. He has two master’s degrees in literature, one from the University of York, on Caribbean poet Derek Walcott, and one from the University of Tromsø, on the development of Sami poetry in the 20th century. His debut poetry collection Skuovvadeddjiid gonagas (The King of Shoemakers) was written in Northern Sami, and for this long epic poem, Sigbjørn Skåden was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Nordic countries. In 2010 he published his second book of poetry, Prekariáhtalávlla (A Song for the Prekariat). He has also written numerous works for stage performances and exhibitions, as well as edited publications and works on translations between Sami and Norwegian. Skåden is the first Sami author who has won the Havmann prize.

Sigbjørn Skåden is coming to Days of Poetry and Wine through European poetry platform Versopolis.